Each one unique, each one carrying a wish!
As I go out into the world, it has become a habit of mine to keep my pockets filled with the love of many tiny folded companions. As I meet others, sometimes only briefly, a stranger in passing for example, I am able to share that love freely through the tiny but significant gift of a folded friend. In the case that I have neither a folded friend or a stored piece of paper, I’m never without something to fold up and share any moment Love is needed (always!). This little act, these little creatures, they are a perfect act of Shoestring Love.
These frames were born of that simple daily practice.
They are each unique and have been given their own time to come to life but the purpose and principles are the same. Love is Love is Love.
They are special to me in many ways…
They have been conceived as a modern honoring of their origin, a gift of our Japanese relatives through the beautiful tradition of the senbazuru in which 1000 cranes, folded with love and goodwill, bring much abundance to their recipients, even a wish! In the case of these Crane Frames, each one comes with a wish as each one includes a crane hand-colored by my nana… she has since passed on from this lifetime but her hands and beautiful artistry have left us with many uniquely colored pages for folding up with love; her wish to travel in all the directions is bountifully reflected in these cranes that are now in flight all over the world. That magic then, that wish, passes on to you, carried upon the folded wings of the crane you receive.
The colors that flow throughout these frames, red, yellow, black and white, are used often in the Oglala Lakota tradition of I and my grandmother’s people. The four directions represented in these colors describe Truth, as they represent the circle of life; and so they are reflected also in the harmonious rainbow and in the beautiful rainbow of the human family.
Mother Earth is honored in the resourcefulness of each frame as they are made up of rescued materials which would otherwise go to no use. For example, the frames are refurbished from things like old silk screens or picture frames, or merely scraps from carpentry work; the buttons and beads have been saved over generations often lying-in-wait within the tin cans and jars of many, many households throughout the world… my buttons were once my moms and her moms, as I know is likely true for you.
The frames are quite light and so demand less energy in shipping.
Also, there is a special gift built into each frame which will reveal itself sooner or later like a bud, opening to flower and growing into full blossom – please let me know when the miracle I describe reveals itself to you.
With love receive them and gift them again, that is Shoestring Love!
Lindsey Lou On The Move